KKK rally at Gettysburg Civil War site canceled due to government shutdown

By David Edwards
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 16:03 EDT
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Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members hoping to rally on Saturday at Gettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the U.S. Civil War, were disappointed when their plans were scuttled by a government shutdown.

Amid public outrage, the National Parks Service had granted a permit last week to the Maryland-based Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

“The National Park Service mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public,” the Park Service said had said in a statement at the time.

But the Parks Service rescinded all permits on Tuesday after a stalemate between Republicans and Democrats forced a partial government shutdown.

“Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday. “And of course the communities and small business that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers and out of luck.”

Watch the video below from WHP, broadcast Sept. 26, 2013.


(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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